By David Edwards
Thursday, July 11, 2013
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) says that an aide who believes in secession and has a history of wearing Confederate flag masks should be forgiven because he is “incredibly talented” and his mistakes are similar to using marijuana.
Earlier this week, The Washington Free beacon revealed that 39-year-old Paul aide, Jack Hunter — who was known on his South Carolina radio show as the “Southern Avenger” — was previously the chairman of the League of the South, which the Anti-Defamation League has called “an implicitly racist group.”
As a part of his “Southern Avenger” persona, Hunter often wore a Confederate flag mask and advocated for “the states of the old Confederacy to break away from the rest of the Union.”
Hunter also had praised John Wilkes Booth for the assassination of former President Abraham Lincoln, saying that his “heart was in the right place.”
In an interview with The Huffington Post’s Howard Fineman this week, Paul stood behind Hunter while distancing himself from some of his rhetoric.